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What You Need to Know About PRINCE2 2017

Axelos announced that there will be a new update to PRINCE2 later this year. The last change, in 2009, had quite a big overhaul, but what about this one? According to Axelos, the guidance has been updated – the principles, themes and processes remain the same – to concentrate on the application of PRINCE2 and how best to tailor it. It’s always been there – the principle that PRINCE2 should be tailored for specific projects or to an organisation’s specific way of managing projects. Judging by the update, that principle is one that needs more attention – perhaps that comes ...

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The Alternatives to PRINCE2

As you can imagine, we have a lot of conversations about PRINCE2 at Arras. Often its about enquiries from people looking for a new role in project management. The split into two camps – those with minimal project experience who are looking to get into project management and want to do some training (or have already take PRINCE2 and don’t know what to do next). The second camp are those with lots of project experience who have perhaps neglected their professional development and now, having found themselves in the marketplace looking for a new job, they’ve noticed that all the ...

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Newly Qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner Jobs

You’ve just completed your PRINCE2 Practitioner and you’ve got the results, you’ve passed! If you’re already working in a project management position hopefully the training and reading you’ve been doing will be useful when you head back into work. Perhaps you’ve already working against the principles of PRINCE2 anyway so the training has just helped get clear a few things in your head. Plus you get to add it to your CV, which is no bad thing. But what about if you’ve never worked in a project role before, now what? Hopefully you understood before taking the training and exams ...

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25 Years Project Management Experience: Do I Really Need PRINCE2?

“Even though I’m a veteran project manager, I’m not PRINCE2 certified, but that seems to be all companies want in their PM job descriptions. How do I get companies to look at me anyway?” In our experience at Arras People we find a good deal of employers ask for a project management qualification such as PRINCE2, but when we delve deeper it transpires the organisation isn’t working stringently to the process but they are working within a structured environment. Therefore, the real requirement tends to be experience of working within these structures – if you can clearly demonstrate working through ...

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How Long Does It Take to Get a Job After Taking PRINCE2?

This was a question I got asked the other day on the phone. Someone wanting to get into project management had done the obligatory PRINCE2 Foundation course and was raring to go but unfortunately no-one seems to be biting. What’s wrong with organisations that don’t seem to want newly qualified Project Managers like this anywhere near their projects? OK I’m being a little tongue-in-cheek. Only because really I alternate between exasperation and anger really. Putting my feelings aside for a moment, and answering the genuine question posed by someone. How long does it take? There is no set time. There ...

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What Can I Do After I’ve Got My PRINCE2 Foundation?

Due to the popularity of PRINCE2 we find that all kinds of people actually take the PRINCE2 Foundation accreditation. They’re not all project management people either. Sure some are taking the PRINCE2 Foundation because they want to get into project management and PRINCE2 Foundation is seen as a first step in doing this (rightly or wrongly, this post is not about whether that’s the right thing to do). Others take it because they’ve somehow ended up in a position where they’re coming into contact with projects for the first time and want to take a course that can help them ...

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Is PRINCE2 Practitioner a Useful Qualification?

It is a question that gets asked a lot from various people writing in or calling up Arras People. The answer is really related to the information someone has already read about PRINCE2 and the expectation they have already half-formed in their minds about whether to take it or not. I think most people are expecting an answer along the lines of “….yes it’s really useful, you can’t get a job in project management without it…..”. That clear-cut, black and white, all or nothing answer that makes people feel confident they are sticking their hand in their pockets for something ...

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Why PRINCE2 is Still Popular

The project management census which is currently running (you can take part in it here) asks the question about project management training and accreditation. We want to know which ones project management practitioners prefer and this year we’ve also asked questions around specific roles – like Portfolio Manager, Programme Manager, PMO Manager etc. It makes sense that we dig deeper and find out if training and accreditation change depending on the role people perform. The results for that will be out in January 2015. In the meantime we are revisiting PRINCE2. Why? Because it is still the most popular project ...

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